On a glorious football weather night in Cedar Springs, the Red Hawks went “old school” on Grand Rapids Central and defeated the Rams 48-14 with solid line play. The Red Hawk offensive line of Brandon Flanagan, Andrew Klompstra, Trevor Hemry, Jeremy Stellema, and Sam Bekins paved the way for 472 rushing yards. With the offensive line clicking on all cylinders, linebackers Tyler Baker and Scott Vodry held up their end by limiting GR Central to just 7 yards rushing. By maximizing the run game and limiting the Rams to nothing but the pass, the game was never in question.
The Rams opened the scoring with a 28-yard pass to Nino Payton from Randy Howard and led 8-0 on their first possession. That was the last they would see of the lead as the Red Hawk line opened huge holes on the way to 48 straight points. James Putnam rambled for 3 touchdowns, Shane Bratt legged out an 89 yard touchdown run, and Zack Carpentier finished the scoring with a 69 yard sweep. Bratt led all rushers with 209 yards on 17 carries. The Red Hawks welcomed a new place kicker to the team, Ryan Austin, who converted all four of his extra point tries. The Rams finished the scoring with another scoring strike from Howard to Payton, who finished with 6 receptions for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Red Hawks, 2-2 overall, 1-1 in OK Blue, will take the momentum from this victory into next Friday night’s game against the Broncos of Coopersville in Coopersville. The Broncos are known for their disciplined style and tradition of winning, a test the young Red Hawks will have to prepare for both physically and mentally.